The Library Summer Reading Program begins on Monday morning with Tinker Toddlers at 10:30am and Maker Monday crafts in the afternoon at 1:30pm. Don’t forget to come down to the Library and be a part of these fun and educational programs. There is a maximum number of spots available for each session, so try to arrive early to ensure your child’s entry into the program.
Now that school is out, children can check into the Library with their tracking booklets and receive awesome prizes. Throughout the summer the Library will be keeping statistics of how often children are checking in with pages of their tracking booklets completed. With this information, the Library will be showing the members of the community how often each child in every grade is reading.
The Library currently has a LEGO tower for each school grade, and when children check in with a page of their booklet complete, they will be able to add another block to the tower. By doing this, children in the community are able to have a friendly competition amongst each other for which grade is reading the most.
Before the program begins, the town will be celebrating Canada 150 at Cadzow Park. You can find me there doing crafts with kids, putting Canada day tattoos on for people, and handing out exciting material such as pencils that change colour for the Summer Reading Program. Come join me on Saturday morning to early afternoon by the children’s games.
The first two Funday Fridays for the program will be arriving quickly. The first two Fridays will be visits with St. John Ambulance and Drew Ripley the balloon magician. On Friday July 7th from 1:30pm – 2:30pm, St. John Ambulance will come and teach the children about health and safety, give children a tour of an ambulance, and teach them how to strap people in the gurney. This is for children of all ages, but children under the age of seven must be accompanied by an adult. This Funday Friday event is also free for anyone to attend.
On Friday July 14th from 2:00pm – 2:45pm, Drew Ripley will be coming to the St. Marys Town Hall Auditorium to entertain the audience with his Balloon Making Machine Show. Unlike a magic show, every element focuses on the creative use of balloons. As each machine appears, the process only gets sillier until the final machine does the unexpected. This is another free event that is part of the Summer Reading Program, and it is for children of all ages; however, like all of the other Summer Reading events, children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult.
Lastly, the Library is still searching for volunteers to help run the Summer Reading Program this year. For anyone who is 13 years or older, you can help children enjoy these spectacular programs offered from the Library. Also, high school students can use this opportunity to complete a summer co-op. Volunteers will receive experience working with kids, participate in cool events, and build skills in areas such as customer service, organization, leadership, and more! Contact the Library through phone or email about volunteering for our Summer Reading Program 2017.